10 of the best League One free agents that Bristol Rovers can target including ex Chelsea, Man Utd & Cardiff City men
Contracts expired last Satuday, and now a few players are in the free agent market, and that’s where Bristol Rovers can pick up some bargains
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Bristol Rovers have already made a few moves in the transfer market with four arrivals this summer.
James Wilson kicked things off for us a few weeks back, and he was shortly followed by the returning Luke Thomas. In the last week or so Jevani Brown has joined, and it was confirmed yesterday that George Friend would be joining.
All have joined on free transfers, and that is expected to be the chunk of the Gas’ business this summer. Rovers do have money to spend should they need to do so and they’ve been linked with Alfie May, who could cost them a club record fee.
Rovers though will want to save the pennies, and so we’ve looked at some players who have recently become free agents. What do you think? Are some of these worth looking at?
Bristol Rovers have looked to Chelsea in the past for loan players or free agents. Lawrence has spent the season on loan at MK Dons and has made 50 league appearances combined for them and Wimbledon. He’s predominantly a right-back which Rovers have been looking for but he can play on either side, as well as defensive midfield and centre-back.
Interesting one… He’s just been released by Bristol City, and spent the season on loan at Shrewsbury Town. Barton’s been aware of the player, and admitted the decision to play him as a centre-mid was a shock. Signing Moore would make sense for both parties, as Rovers need centre-backs.
Alright this sounds a little ambitious… Poole has been linked to Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday in the last month after leaving Lincoln City, and you’d expect him to end up in the Championship. Rovers are seemingly in the market for a right-back, though he can also play at centre-back. Poole is from South Wales, so he could entertain a move back down South with an ambitious team.
Cardiff, Derby and QPR are said to want Clare following his departure from Charlton. The 26-year-old has played 138 times in League One, and with right-back an area that Barton wants to seemingly strengthen in, he would represent a solid option.
A free agent after leaving Sheffield Wednesday, despite being in the squad for the play-offs. He’s got 40 League One appearances under his belt and has got five goals. Another midfield addition would be good for cover.
Portsmouth are keen to reunite with Bernard, who has left Manchester United. They’re having to wait however because of his involvement in the Concacaf Gold Cup with Jamaica. As a full international, Bernard would represent a serious bit of business, but he could be capable of playing above League One.
Why not make it two James Wilson’s this window? Salford City are said to be winning the race for Wilson, who was let go by Port Vale. Alright he only bagged three goals in 25 games, but hit double figures the season before, and Barton can get a fine tune out of him.
Controversial and likely to never happen, but Flint’s already played for Cardiff having been at Bristol City, so why not do it again? He may not be re-signed at Sheffield Wednesday, and Flint previously had a property in the area. His experience in the division and physical presence could be useful in helping mount a promotion push.
Kaikai is a free agent after his short-term deal at MK Dons expired, and his club want him back. Kaikai was a handful for the Rovers defence when MK Dons played Rovers at the Mem, and he could be a good back-up option to have, Dons boss Graham Alexander is pressing Kaikai for a decision this week. He's mainly played in League One in his career with 27 goals and 25 assists in 141 matches in the third tier, and would add more experience to Rovers squad.
Why not sign another promotion winner to help them get over the line? Hunt was let go by Sheffield Wednesday, despite scoring the penalty to get them to the League One play-off final. Hunt has experience of football having played in Bristol, but fans are willing to look past that if he can help the Gas get over the line. He's got 126 appearances in League One under his belt with 17 assists and five goals, and with play-off experience, he could be the answer in the search for a right-back.